The Geek Squad took over Jones College Prep, 600 S. State St, over the summer and taught 120 CPS students a thing or two about technology.
CPS students in grades 6-12 enrolled at schools with a new or active TechCrew program had the opportunity to increase their technological know-how thanks to the Geek Squad Summer Academy.
The academy, a national program started by Geek Squad Agents in 2006, taught students the basic components of technology through fun, engaging and informative activities not likely found in a traditional school setting.
TechCrew is a CPS after-school program designed to enrich students' educational experiences and job readiness skills by providing them with a coach, training and framework to carry out basic computer problem resolution within the confines of their school.
A variety of classes and activities, were taught despite students’ knowledge of and comfort level with technology.
The Geek Squad Summer Academy classes were:
- PC Build: Students built a computer from scratch and learned vital troubleshooting tips.
- Web Wizards: Students created their own websites through the Junior Agent Website, which is securely hosted by Geek Squad Academy. Students learned the basics of how to use different web technologies with an emphasis on internet security, internet safety and ethics.
- Green Technology: Students explored not only what technologies help make their lives easier, but also what innovations help them live greener lives.
- Communications: Assisted by Geek Squad Agents from around the world by way of remote technology, students learned how to safely communicate with friends and family in other nations using the internet.
Geek Squad Summer Academy applications for 2010 will be available online soon. Check back at cps.edu for more information about our TechCrew program.
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